Learn how to go nuts in my first COVER STORY in the Mountain Xpress!Read More
In winter, when the outside world can be less than inviting, I take the opportunity to snuggle up to the stove and cook comfort food. Stocks, soups and stews gently simmer, infusing the house with savory scents.Read More
Why Fingerprint Instead of Thumbprint?
If you use your thumb to make
indentions in cookies, you end up
with a lopsided indention that jam
can leak out from. Using a finger
(or mini bottle top) perpendicular
to the baking sheet means you
have a uniform hole to place your
jam. My neighbor Greta tried these
using peanut butter and Nutella.
PB&J cookies anyone?
Check out the link to my Mountain Xpress article all about sweet potatoes!Read More
Birthdays don’t always arrive when you feel like celebrating. Life can be hectic, stressful, chaotic, and downright tragic. But I contend birthdays should always be celebrated, even in the midst of life’s roar. Taking time to be with dear ones to appreciate their birth, is good for the soul.Read More
It wasn't my idea to run 14 miles through the woods scaling ridges and fording slippery rocked streams to celebrate our birthdays. We can blame that one on Elizabeth. Luckily I am a glutton for punishment and I can't think of a better way to spend a day.Read More
I have a lot of experience making cookies, but not so much experience with political activism. My safe estimate is over 100, 000 cookies baked, and probably 30ish rallies and protests.Read More
I won’t lie - making Caramel is tricky! But you can do it and it makes an amazing addition to stuffed french toast.Read More
MMMMMMMM. French toast for 2 people or a crowd spending the night. You can use any type of bread – Challah makes the best French Toast because the bread itself made with lots of eggs, but most any bread will be yummy with this filling in it.Read More
These days most folks have air conditioning in the south, and don’t think twice about turning on the oven in the middle of a heat wave. Well I am one of the hold-outs. We don’t have air conditioning and so I have come up with creative ways to bake without heating up the whole darn house! Of course you can make this in a regular oven, but if you want to save energy find a pan that fits in your toaster oven and give it a try.Read More
I grew up going to parties and potlucks, and my dad would often bring this incredibly good cheesecake. Everyone always oohed and aahed over how good it was and asked for the recipe. Then he would laboriously write the recipe on an index card for them. He kept it pretty simple and straightforward with this classic sour cream topping.Read More
Who doesn’t love a scone? They really are not hard to make, the trick is to not overwork the dough. It takes some practice to get all the ingredients incorporated without over mixing. You will know if you have done it right because your pastries will be light as a feather, tender and flaky.Read More
These are the easiest cookies in the world to make, and I've never met a chocoholic who could resist them. The variations are endless. Try some of the ones listed or make up your own.Read More
If you’ve never made a cake before, this is a great one to start with. You will impress everyone, including yourself. I made this strawberry cake for my best friend's wedding, and even though I was baking at high elevation (different pressure levels change chemical reactions) and was just getting over the stomach flu, it turned out great.Read More